31 January 2019 — Organic Consumers Association
ESSAY OF THE WEEK
The best way to address these crises is to address what they all have in common: an unhealthy, inequitable food system perpetuated by a political and economic system largely driven by corporate profit.
The study, the result of three years of work by 26 commissioners from several countries, was released this week by the Lancet Commission on Obesity. It comes at a time when climate scientists have sounded their most urgent and alarming warnings to date.
It also comes at a time of keen interest in a Green New Deal, whose backers are calling for nothing less than radical solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.
MILLIONS AGAINST MONSANTO
Keep ‘Em Comin’
This week, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, the federal judge in San Francisco overseeing 620 cases involving Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller and cancer victims, ruled that the evidence could be introduced in the upcoming trial. According to a Reuters report,Chhabria said the documents were “super relevant.”
Chhabria’s ruling almost guarantees that the documents in question will play a role when, on February 25, a jury in San Francisco Federal Court, begins hearing the case of Edwin Hardeman vs. Monsanto. Hardeman alleges that Roundup caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer.
This latest ruling is just one more piece of bad news to come Monsanto’s way in recent weeks. Read our blog post to learn more.
Save the Bees!
It’s time to reintroduce the Save America’s Pollinators Act, a bill that would suspend the use of neonicotinoids and require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete a thorough assessment and ensure that any uses of these insecticides do not cause unreasonable and adverse effects on pollinators.
Want to know why we’re mobilizing the food and farming movement to support the GND—and how you can help? Read this.
Once you sign up, the Sunrise Movement will provide you with an easy step-by-step guide. You can choose to make your party public so others can join, or private with just your friends.
We think the GND is our best hope for drastic and rapid reform of the industrial food system—including getting rid of factory farms and GMOs.
But the GND won’t happen unless we are relentless in our efforts to get politicians on board. Let’s do this!
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Lots to Do
Harmful levels of arsenic and lead found in a long list of popular children’s fruit juices.
Industrial chemicals (PFOA and PFOS) linked to kidney and testicular cancer, hypertension and other ailments allowed to pollute your drinking water.
As the saying goes, if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Corporations get a free pass to poison and pollute, in the name of “free-market enterprise.” And our lawmakers and regulatory agency officials, addicted to corporate campaign contributions, let it happen.
It has to stop. We all have to help.
OCA will keep up the pressure on corporations, with consumer campaigns and ongoing and soon-to-be-announced lawsuits.
We’ll also crank up our lobbying arm to help bring down the politicians who betray us, and elect new leaders who will work for us, not Wall Street.
But we can’t just expose the problems. We also have to shine a light on the solutions. A rapidly scaled up organic regenerative food and farming system will give us cleaner water, healthier food, more vibrant local economies. It can even go a long way toward solving our climate crisis.
We have a lot of work to do this year. Can we count on your support?
Unfortunately, industrial farming has created a series of unsustainable situations in less than 70 years, and evidence suggests we will not make it until the end of the century if we continue along the path of degenerative food and farming.
How do we get out of this mess? By doing everything we can, as consumers, to support organic regenerative food and farming. And by insisting that our local, state and federal lawmakers drastically overhaul old food and farming policies that reward the wrong kind of agriculture, and replace them with policies that promote ethical and regenerative farming practices—or lose our votes.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
It’s (Not) Complicated
Here’s the short of it. Almost all cattle spend the first part of their lives eating mostly grass. But conventionally raised cattle—which make up more than 90 percent of the market—spend the last phase of their lives on factory farm feedlots, eating GMO grain laced with antibiotics and other unnatural substances.
What’s wrong with that? A lot, as you’ll learn from the video and report.